Hist. 101 = Early Western Civilizations

Paper 1- Argumentative Essay on Ancient Religion


Question:  What was the role of the gods for people in the ancient world?




After doing this assignment you will have a clear idea of the role of the gods in the ancient world, and the complexity of the relationship of the religion to society, government, and culture in ancient western civilizations.


After doing this assignment you should be able to:



  1. Read the Epic of Gilgamesh.
  2. Read all the textbook readings through ancient Greece. (before Alexander the great)
  3. Write an argumentative essay of no more than 700 words that answers the following question:


Based on your new found knowledge of the ancient world (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece) and using Gilgamesh:
 What was the role of the gods for people in the ancient western world?

(You may take any stance you want, but your argument must be original and well proven.)



Submission instructions/Requirements (Failure to follow any of these will result in grade deductions)

-Submit paper as an attachment in the assignment box of Canvas before the due date and time.

-Must be in one of the following formats:    doc, docx, or pdf

-You must  use Footnotes for all information except that which comes from your own mind.

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-Most follow the formatting outlined on the syllabus and Kinch’s Writing Guide.




You will be assessed on your ability to analyze the historical era to develop, set forth, and prove your argument using primary and secondary sources effectively.